Tynemouth station has won an English Heritage award after an extensive battle to rescue the listed Victorian station.
Owner Station Development Ltd was presented with the ‘Angel Award for the Best Craftsmanship Employed on a Heritage Rescue,’ for work at Tynemouth station.
The majority of work entailed restoration of intricate cast iron glazed components and top engineering skills to rescue the canopy. Without any work, partly funded by Nexus, which owns the platforms at the centre of the station which Metro serves, the listed Victorian station structure was beginning to fail and at risk of collapse.
The Angel Awards were founded last year by Andrew Lloyd-Webber to celebrate the efforts of local people to rescue their heritage, and also took inspiration from the Heritage at Risk Register.
Tynemouth station was shortlisted from over 200 applications and again to win overall based on criteria of: understanding significance, craftsmanship and liaison with the broader community.
Station Development Ltd shared engineering skills with local schools and the community. The station now returned to its former glory is used for regular markets at weekends plus many other community events.